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@ Reducing dairy eliminated constipation

Feedback from a mother who works in my daughter’s medical office (2). She explains how her child’s chronic constipation was  eliminated by drastically reducing the consumption of dairy products.

“I am the mother of a ten year old little girl that suffered from constipation from the time she was two years of age. She was very fond of cheese and used to eat about 6 slices of cheese every day, in addition to the usual milk suggested by her doctor.

We took her to her doctor and she suggested for her to drink more water and to add some prune juice into her diet. After about three months, we could tell she wasn’t having any problems going to the bathroom, but she had the opposite effect – she had diarrhea. So we stopped the prune juice and started using laxative once in a while to help when it got really bad.

So there I was six years later, still trying to figure out why this poor girl was constipated. She ate very well and her doctor couldn’t find out anything wrong with her. The poor girl was suffering a lot whenever she passed stool and for that fear she used to even hold it as along as she could which was not good.

I spoke about this problem to my office manager C S (Suryanarayana Chennapragada) one day. He reads up on a lot of different topics. He asked me what was in my daughter’s diet (1). I explained to him how much she loved dairy products, cheese mostly and she also drank a lot of milk.

He suggested discontinuing all dairy for about a week to see what would happen. So we did. Within three days of stopping all dairy, specially the huge quantities of cheese she was fond of eating, she reported an improvement in passing stool. Since last one year, she has been constipation free. She can still have her dairy but we have limited the amount that she has.

Thanks to C S for suggesting the dairy reduction solution because neither we nor her doctor thought that was the cause of her constipation.”

(1) What prompted me to ask that question was the book that I just then read “What’s Eating Your Child?: The Hidden Connection Between Food and Childhood Ailments” by Kelly Dorfman M.S, L.N.D who calls herself a nutrition detective.
(2) Padma Sripada M.D

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* Burping and itchy skin cleared by quitting dairy milk

I am sharing my dairy milk experience.  I am  a vegetarian as are my family members.  All my life, my diet was  white rice,  vegetables, lentils, home made yogurt and fruits, two half cups of black tea with sugar and milk and occasional sweets, a typical Asian Indian diet.

While in India for 60 years, I consumed about 2 table spoons dairy milk added to black tea brew, twice a day (less than 60 ml). After settling down in the USA, my daily breakfast was a big bowl of milk (250 ml) with cereal, an increase of 300 %.  Moreover, in India I was not eating any cheese. Here I was eating cheese in Pizza and many other foods regularly, though not daily. My physical activity also was drastically reduced.

After being in the USA for some time, I had severe burping. I had several large dark patches on my lower legs, which itched badly and I had to scratch them compulsively. I ruled out stress as a cause for both of these non threatening problems. I was not inclined to take any medications. On a hunch, as an experiment, I stopped all dairy milk consumption since one year. In its place I consumed soy milk.

I experienced remarkable results:
No more burping. The itching is reduced by 99%. The colored scaly patches on my legs gradually cleared up, showing smooth normal skin.

My subsequent reading of some books (1) confirmed the adverse impact of dairy milk on some people.

Did excess milk cause my prostrate cancer (2), which is seen very rarely in India? Probably. Read the web page at (3).

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(2) At age 66, I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer. I was in good health overall, not having any of the common problems at this age – Heart disease, Hypertension and Diabetes. I was also not on any medications.  I had cryosurgery to destroy the prostrate gland using ultra low temperature. Due to rising PSA (Indicator of likely prostrate cancer  growth) within two years, I had Radiation therapy to totally destroy the cancer cells. None of the three  doctors who treated me over many years told me that my diet had any impact on my cancer recurrence, even when I asked them. That was when I started taking interest in the field of nutrition.
(3)  ‘Milk consumption and prostrate cancer’ by Neal Barnard M.D

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